Do you struggle with playing guitar fast? Is your lack of guitar speed making it difficult for you to express yourself fully as a musician?
Although playing guitar fast is not every guitarist’s most significant goal, those who do want to improve their guitar speed desire this skill very much and are often frustrated with being unable to develop this part of their guitar playing.
If this describes you, I want to share with you several important insights about building guitar speed that will greatly help you to develop this skill.Continue reading How To Play Guitar Fast – Avoiding Critical Mistakes In Learning To Increase Your Guitar Speed
Just because you’re holding your guitar doesn’t mean that you’re playing it, and just because you’re playing your guitar doesn’t mean that you’re practicing. There is a real difference and it needs to be acknowledged if you want to improve your level of playing skill.
Some people say they have spent the entire day practicing their guitar when in reality, all they’ve done was sit in front of the TV all day eating cheesy poofs. The sad thing is that they really do believe it was practicing since they had their guitar on their lap next to their cheesy poofs all day. Most of us know someone who does this and we may even be guilty ourselves.
In order to truly improve your skills you really need to avoid any distractions, no TV, no food, no friends and no phone. Just you, a guitar, an amp and maybe some reference materials. Speaking of amps, keep the distortion turned down. Remember, this is practice, not playing. The distortion will only hide your mistakes. You need to hear your mistakes clearly so you can correct them.
If you’re a beginner you might want to practice basic guitar scales or guitar chords.
Make sure you have the necessary reference material handy so you don’t spend your time doing things wrong. Keep in mind that what you practice is reinforced so if you’re practicing your scales wrong, then you’ve not only wasted your time; you’ve also reinforced your mistakes.Continue reading Are You Practicing Your Guitar Or Playing It?
Why is it that some people learn to play guitar much faster than others? What is it that these people do or have that others don’t? There has to be some secret that they are using that is known to only a select few, right?
Well in my view you’re right, there is a secret. There is a secret that they know and use everyday that I thought you would like to know. Well if you really want to know I’ll tell you – its lots and lots of practice.
Now OK, I know that’s not what you wanted to hear but before you move swiftly on to see if anyone else has the magic pill, bear with me for a moment or two and I’ll explain what’s going on here and how you can use it to skyrocket your playing.
Let’s go back to when you were a small child, when you were just born in fact and look at an analogy that I think will clear up a lot of frustration.Continue reading Practicing Guitar Effectively